TWO non-indigenes–Ndimele Emmanuel Ofor (Abia State) and Steve Olusegun Ipinniwa (Kogi State) – are among the 14 permanent secretaries appointed into the Ogun State Civil Service by Governor Ibikunle Amosun.

Ofor, Ipinniwa and the others were sworn in yesterday by Amosun at the State Executive Council Chambers in Abeokuta.

The governor said hard work rather than where people come from should be the basis for promotion.

He added that Nigerians should move away from ethnicity and emphasise more on hard work.

Amosun said: “I congratulate all of you who are being elevated as permanent secretaries today. I particularly want to congratulate Mr. Ofor. Some people said he is a non-indigene. But I don’t see it that wayimage

“I believe that if someone has been serving in a place for 20 to 30 years, he can no longer be called a non-indigene. He has been with us and he has worked with us. He is now part of us. He cannot be called a non-indigene. It will be unfair and unjust to deprive someone who worked for you his deserved elevation on account of where he comes from.

”As a nation, we need to move away from things like ethnicity and emphasise more on hard work.”

Other appointees include Mrs. Odumusi Bettey Olubunmi, Mrs. Ajayi Funmi Mofoluke, Mr. Adewunmi Olayiwola Matthew, Mrs. Dosunmu Titilayo Olubodunrin, Onajobi Jonathan Olukunle, an engineer and Adelana Ademola Oluwole, an engineer.

The list also include Mr. Olatoye Julius Olufemi, Bakare Adeoye Tunde, an engineer, Mrs. Gbadamosi Muibat Abiola, Mr. Rasheed Sefiu Aremu, Mr. Osolase Afeez and Mr. Agbaje Babatunde Aina.

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